Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the body’s internal structures that are clearer, more detailed and more likely in some instances to identify and accurately characterize disease than other imaging methods. It is used to evaluate the body for a variety of conditions, including tumors and diseases of the liver, heart, and bowel. It may also be used to monitor an unborn child in the womb. MRI is noninvasive and does not use ionizing radiation.

For the benefits and risks of a specific MRI procedure, how to prepare, and more, select one of the services below.



Central Oregon MRI provides the latest in 1.5 and 3 Tesla MRI technology. Our wide bore MRI units allow us to offer the best imaging solution for patients with claustrophobia, or patients with specific needs (i.e. bariatric, pediatric, geriatric). Our MRI technology combined with our physician and technologist team offer the best in neurological, body, and joint imaging.


Exam Pointers

  • Our new 1.5 and 3 Tesla with 70cm open bore design gives you plenty of room to stretch out and feel comfortable.
  • If you are claustrophobic, arrange for someone to drive you home after your scan.
  • Do not wear anything metallic during the exam.
  • Do not bring any valuables (watch, wallet, credit cards, etc.) into the scan room.
  • Follow any special diet or medication instructions provided by our office to ensure a quality imaging exam.
  • If sedation will be needed for this scan, bring a driver as you will not be permitted to drive for 6 to 8 hours after your scan.

Important Information

If you are scheduled for an MRCP study please have nothing to eat or drink for four hours prior to your exam.

If you are pregnant, weigh over 300 pounds, have a pacemaker, aneurysm clip, vascular clip, pumps, stimulators, internal hearing aid, middle ear implant, filters or stents, electronic, mechanical or magnetic implant, have had any injury by metal, shrapnel, or bullet please call our office and ask to speak to an MRI tech.

For pediatric patients - call our office for special instructions.